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Erykah Badu discusses Seven's musical abilities and helpful hints

03/23/2008 at 12:39 AM ET

While many mother-son pairs have activities they participate in together, Erykah Badu and her son Seven Sirius, 10, take it to another level — they like to rock out on their electric guitars! And there’s more talent where that came from, says the 37-year-old singer/songwriter.

Seven and I practice our electric guitars together. He plays uprightbass in his orchestra at school. He took piano for four years. And hehas a beautiful voice. He probably has the same eclectic tastes thathis father [Andre 'Andre 3000' Benjamin] has. I would say his father is all in his DNA!

While Erykah has previously shared how her children inspire her music, she says that they teach her as well. For example, her little boy keeps her up-to-date on technology!

My son saw me singing songs into my phone and putting them on my voice mail. He goes, "Mom, you don’t have to do that. All you have to do is use a microphone on your computer and open up this program called Garageband." I began doing that and wrote songs so quickly.

Erykah’s new release, New Amerykah, is out now. She is also mom to daughter Puma, 3½.

Source: People, March 31st issue

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Mari on

I really like Seven’s name. Unusual enough to be, well, unusual…but not too over-the-top different.

lis on

:) They sound pretty happy.

Whitmey on

Erykah is very much not up on the technology. She posts on Okayplayer.com as analogue girl (also a line from a song of hers – analogue girl in a digital world).I just adore her…

elisabeth on

I really enjoyed this article! Neat to read about creative people and their children. Sounds like a fun house to grow up in! And I have always been a fan of hers.

Rosy J on

Seven is a cool name isn’t it? I can’t remember how she came to choose that name (I read somewhere the story but can’t recall it). Anyway, I like it. I would like to see photos of her children.

jasmine on

I absolutely love Erykah (and Andre 3000) and Seven sounds just as cool as his parents.

fay on

she named him seven because it’s a prime number, it can’t be broken down… it’s also because of the “lucky” number 7, 7 is a number of completion… all that stuff… reason’s like that…

fay on

and this world is TOO small… i can’t believe there’s another okayplayer who reads cbb… that’s not a slight at either website… but anyone who FREQUENTS okp would know what i mean!!! (smile)

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